The Bir Nebala crossing connects Ramallah with villages to the south.

 Bir Nebala crossing opened for free passage


Photo: IDF Spokesperson

(Communicated by the IDF Spokesperson)

On Thursday, 21 August 2008, the Bir Nebala crossing which connects Ramallah with villages to the south was opened for free passage of Palestinian vehicles. This is the third West Bank crossing to be opened this month. Approximately 100 IDF checkpoints were removed in the past months in Judea, Samaria and the Jordan Valley as part of the relief plan for the Palestinian population. During the past few weeks 10 road blocks were removed in the Hebron area in order to improve the routine life of the Palestinian population.

Together with the opening of the Judea and Ganot crossings on August 7 and 9, the opening of the Bir Nebala crossing, in accordance with security assessments, significantly improves the mobility of the Palestinian population. This step is part of a series of measures that will improve the quality of life for Palestinians in Judea and Samaria, as part of the plan authorized by Defense Minister Ehud Barak and IDF Chief of General Staff, Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi.

Four central checkpoints in Judea, Samaria and the Jordan Valley have already been removed to facilitate Palestinian movement, including: Rimonim checkpoint, that allows free passage between Ramallah and the Jordan Valley; the checkpoint at Asira Ash-Shamaliya, north of Nablus, that allows passage between Nablus and northern Samaria; Bet-Ha’Arava between Jericho and the Dead Sea; and the checkpoint at Sheep Junction that allows passage between Hebron and adjacent southern villages.